The Promise of Precision Agriculture

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Agriculture is a sector that's ripe for technology disruption. But is tech intervention a silver bullet to solve farming woes?

  • Agriculture is no longer a profession that promises guaranteed returns, especially in an era of monoculture farming and drastic climate crises which disrupt farming seasons.
  • Technology is coming to the rescue in the form of a field called Precision Agriculture which hopes to optimise agricultural practices using sensors and AI to offer sustainable solutions.
  • But merely adding technological solution cannot be a silver bullet if the major stakeholders - farmers and consumers - aren’t taken on-board and made equal partners in this value generation.
  • The trends towards consuming organic and locally grown produces has given rise to indoor farms, e-commerce services that encourage local producers.
  • Ancient practices such as regenerative agriculture, multi-cropping are also gaining traction as the focus shifts towards improving soil health and reducing reliance on synthetic fertilizers.
  • In this reading, we take a look at the various new-age and some ancient methods to ensure agricultural practices are able to mitigate climate change-related disruptions.
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